Julia Sweeney – Letting Go Of God Five Year Anniversary

A Freethough Classic! 

I am starting a collection of Freethought Classics.  The best of audio, video and books from years gone by.  This will become a tool and a resource for new and established freethinkers. 

My first entry is “Letting Go Of God” by Julia Sweeney.

The audio for the CD was recorded on November, 19 2005.  So it is time to celebrate the five year anniversary.  You can buy the CD at Amazon for just $9. 

Here is the summary from the Amazon page…

Julia Sweeney says she was a “happy Catholic girl” when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. “What an eye opener that was!” she says. “Next thing you know, I was on a quest for something I could really believe in. I traveled to places like Bhutan, Ecuador, and my local Starbucks looking for answers. Would I embrace Buddhism? New Age pseudo-science? Was I a freak for feeling the way I did, or were there other people out there just like me? I was grappling with serious questions. But, somehow, a lot of the things that were happening to me seemed, well, funny.” Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney’s brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith. Grappling with the seeming contradictions in Adam and Eve, Noah, the Ten Commandments, and even the teachings of Jesus – and trying to understand the Bible’s messages about morality, family values, and human suffering while faced with door-knocking Mormons and wise-cracking priests – Sweeney takes listeners on her very personal journey from God to “not-God”. This performance was recorded on November 19, 2005, at the Ars Nova Theatre in New York City.

Below is a videos sample of the monologue recorded at a later date for TED.  You can get your copy of the DVD from Amazon.

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2 Responses to Julia Sweeney – Letting Go Of God Five Year Anniversary

  1. One of the most popular blogs I ever wrote was about Julia Sweeney’s “Letting Go of God” performance. I think it’s an absolute masterpieces of our time.


    Craig A. James
    author, “The Religion Virus”

  2. Darrel says:

    We had 88 people attend our Fayetteville Freethinker meeting when we played this over a year ago. It was our best attended meeting ever. I bought several copies and sent them to friends. It is truly a masterpiece.

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